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2009 Ducati 1198 Superbike First Look

Tuesday, November 4, 2008
2009 Ducati 1198S Superbike
The 2009 Ducati 1198S superbike comes with the Ducati Traction Control as standard equipment.
The Ducati sportbike lineup gets some new additions with the new 1198 Superbike. The Italian firm chose the EICMA 2008 show in Milan to unveil its naked 1098 Ducati Streetfighter, as well as its Superbike models: the 1198 joined by the 1198S, 848, 1098R and a special-edition 1098R Bayliss – celebrating the recently-retired Bayliss and his 2008 SBK championship.

2009 Ducati 1198, 1198S

Even the most faithful Ducatisti could be forgiven for mistaking the 1198 for its nearly identical predecessor – the 1098. Yet Ducati assures riders the new 1198 “is in fact a totally new bike.”

Powered by the latest generation of Testastretta Evoluzione L-Twin, the 1198 produces a claimed 170 horsepower and 97 lb-ft of torque. Coupled with a dry weight of 377 lbs (171 kilos) and the 1198 effectively accomplishes a 1-to-1 metric power-to-weight ratio. The 1198 S goes one better, actually two kilos better, at 372.6 lbs (169 kilos).

2009 Ducati 1198S Superbike
The standard 1198 comes with Showa suspension, while the S version (above) utilizes Ohlins components.
Displacing 1198.4cc the aptly named 1198 sports a 106 x 67.9mm bore and stroke. Ducati’s Desmodromic system moves valves that have been increased to 43.5mm inlet and 35.5mm exhaust and larger elliptical throttle bodies - now the same 63.9mm diameter as the ‘R’ model.

The 1198 Twin delivers a 6.5-lb lighter weight via vacuum die-cast production of the crankcase. The new mill, which was first seen in the 1098R, churns out its power to the same ratio gearbox as the R.

A trellis frame comes in various colors for the five different Superbike models (1198 racing black, 1198S bronze), with the 1198 incorporating a magnesium subframe.

The 1198 standard and ‘S’ chassis differ in the suspension department, with Showa components (43mm fork – titanium-oxide treatment, single rear shock) adorning the standard 1198 and Ohlins providing the units on the ‘S’ model (43mm fork – titanium-nitride treatment, single rear shock). The rear suspension on both units is adjustable for ride-height.

2009 Ducati Testastretta Evoluzione L-Twin powerplant.
The Testastretta Evoluzion L-Twin produces 170 horsepower for the 1198, with a higher-spec version delivering 180 ponies for the high-end 1098R.
Brembo monobloc caliper stoppers adorn both 1198 models. Radially mounted, a pair of four-piston (34mm) calipers bite down on 330mm rotors.

New wheels help reduce weight, with the standard 1198 using 10-spoke grey designs. The ‘S’ benefits from lighter 7-spoke “GP replica” Marchesini hoops (which with a carbon fiber fender account for the S model’s lighter overall weight). Both bikes are fitted with Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SC rubber – 120/70 ZR17 up front and 190/55 ZR17 out back.

Harnessing the raw power of the Testastretta is Ducati electronics, including the Ducati Traction Control (DTC) system and the Ducati Data Analyzer (DDA). Debuting on the 1098R last year, the DTC system delivers the same traction control developed on Ducati’s successful MotoGP and World Superbike racing programs to a production Ducati Superbike. The DDA system allows riders to retrieve various data, like laptimes, rpm, vehicle speed and more, via USB port to an external computer. The DTC system comes standard now on the 1198S, as well as the 1098R.

2009 Ducati 1098R, 1098R Bayliss Limited Edition

Bayliss poses with his namesake limited-edition Ducati 1098R.
Bayliss with his namesake limited-edition Ducati 1098R.
Billed as “the most advanced, most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle ever,” the 1098R is Ducati’s purpose-built SBK championship-crushing Superbike. Sourcing the 1198.4cc Testastretta Evoluzione, Ducati engineers squeeze another 10 horsepower (180 total) thanks to titanium valves and con-rods. Fitted with the optional, track-only Termignoni exhaust and ECU race kit and power output vaults even further, to a claimed 186 horsepower.

In honor of Troy Bayliss, who closed out his racing career this season with his third SBK title for the Italian marque, Ducati has created a 500-unit limited edition 1098R sporting the same livery ran at the 2008 Portimao season finale (where Bayliss ended his career with a double-victory performance.) Other perks on the Bayliss machine include the racing exhaust as standard equipment, along with a plaque engraved with the signatures of Ducati CEO Gabriele Del Torchio and Troy Bayliss himself.
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bub -question  December 16, 2009 06:00 PM
how mcu would you pay for a 1198 ducati, around about price
olgy -how the possibilty of engine  April 27, 2009 08:35 PM
i just want to ask how much the different with 1098r,the latest price in asia pacific?
Joe Kardinishion -Ducati 1198 2009 model  April 12, 2009 10:33 PM
How much does it cost? Is there any in the US and where?
JAMES -SPORTBKES  April 4, 2009 06:38 PM
atomemphis -addressing the confusion of "x2468"  November 11, 2008 04:28 PM
The 1098/1098S has been 1099cc displacement for awhile. The 1098R had the displacement bumped up to 1198cc, just under the 1200cc limit for the desired race class. The new 1198 moves the displacement for all models to the larger race displacement limit. Furthermore, The name is changed to show something has changed about the bike from its predecessor. This is similar to the 998-999 model name change. The displacement of the 999 was still 998cc, but naming it the 998 Part 2 would not be very selling...
Superlight -1198 Mission  November 8, 2008 05:44 AM
Of course these bikes are "over the top" in performance - that's their mission in the lineup, to represent the best and fastest. And, yes, you'd want to add the Termis and ECU to the machine, not only to perk up performance, but also to hear the music. How many superbikes retain their stock exhaust after purchase?
Aprilia RSV4 or 1098R Bayliss...I wish -...one day....one day....  November 6, 2008 02:03 PM
The Bayliss LE is the best looking Ducati ever.
x2468 -I don't get it  November 6, 2008 12:39 PM
why has ducati called it the 1198 and 1198S but then the R is 1098. when it has been 1198cc for a year now? why did they even have a 1098 for the past year or so? why not just make it a 1198? now it's like everyone that bought a 1098 got screwed, because their bike was just a transition model to what was really coming out.
Chris Martin -Coolestartist  November 6, 2008 10:02 AM
Ok...ive got a huge proplem. ITS IN MY PANTS!!! Ducati is building the sport bike of dreams.
Duane -Clutch?  November 5, 2008 05:56 PM
Dry clutch?
jon -termi pipes and ecu  November 5, 2008 10:32 AM
i wonder if the 1198 are required to have the termi pipes and a new ecu that cost customers a grand or two extra in order for it to run like a new bike should run. it might even cost more than one or two grand if the riders get cited for having track mods on their street bikes.
Raceer1 -Motorcycle racer, track day instructor and dad.  November 5, 2008 10:09 AM
I knew this bike was coming as I instruct for a Ducati / Triumph dealer's track days... It's achingly beautiful - but you will be aching everywhere else as a road bike. As a track bike it's a LOT of bike and incredibly expensive - too much bike for most to get the best from, and too expensive and rare for the rest to risk wadding up. I suspect most of the limited editions will sit in climate controlled storage with zero miles on the clock, appreciating as collectors items. That's a shame, but unless you are racing in WSB with full factory support, I'm not sure this bike makes a whole load of sense.